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  Lessons of the shot down bomber aircraft

Viktor Denisenko
2015 12 17

A Turkish fighter jet shot down RussianSu-24 bomber aircraft on 24 November. Today we can speak about the first lessons of this incident. In fact these lessons are for Russia which clearly demonstrates that the so called red lines still exist in the world.

  How the West Can Stop Russia Escalating the War in Ukraine (2)

Maksym Khylko, Research Fellow at Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University, PhD in Philosophy and MA in International Relations
2015 09 02

This month Russia stepped up military pressure on Ukraine, concentrating about fifty thousand troops along its border with Ukraine, using its proxy militias to shell Ukrainian government positions in the Donbas, and threatening Kyiv with "a big war."

  Russia and its choice

Viktor Denisenko
2015 08 05

Today configuration of Russia’s geopolitical game is more or less clear: Russia is focused on Ukraine. By stealing Crimea and fuelling conflicts in Eastern Ukraine, Russia has trespassed the red line. The West couldn’t ignore this. We could only guess Moscow’s expectations at the beginning of this game. Maybe they were the same in the war with Georgia in 2008: the West will not have unanimous position, will not take Moscow’s aggression for granted and avoid conflicts with Russia. The first cautious response of the West let the Kremlin believe that this was precisely the direction in which things were going. When Western world cautiously responded to Crimea’s annexation with the first wave of sanctions, Moscow laughed.

  Heavy metal policy: allied forces in Central and Eastern Europe[i]

Robertas Ðapronas
2015 07 21

According the latest information, the United States will deploy heavy military equipment in Central and Eastern Europe. Specific figures and details have not been disclosed yet, but it seems that this equipment is meant for a ground force of 3000-4000 soldiers to be deployed in the entire region: Poland, Romania, Bulgaria and Baltic States. The U.S. is going to spread Abrams battle tanks, armoured fighting vehicles and artillery systems.

  Divided by Victory: Westerplatte, Moscow, Kiev

Viktor Denisenko
2015 05 18

The Second World War was the major tragedy and lesson of the 20th century. Some European leaders took part in a ceremony marking 70 years since the end of the war on 8 May in Poland (Westerplatte), whereas Russia commemorated Victory Day – 9 May – marking the end of the so called Great Patriotic War. But the atmosphere and focal points of the two ceremonies differed.

  Peaceful China is arming rapidly

Justina Kariniauskaitë
2015 05 04

By the end of the Cold War the global arms trade has decreased, yet, according to the estimations of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute SIPRI, global military expenditure has increased by 37 percent since 1997 (during the recent years it rose by 16 percent).

  Peace on Paper

Viktor Denisenko
2015 03 09

The world is still waiting for measures of the Minsk Agreement to be implemented. Ukraine experiences continual military confrontation, and situation in Debaltseve region has also worsened dramatically. According to the recent information thousands of Ukrainian troops could again be trapped in the Debaltseve boiler. The Ukrainian side denies siege possibilities, whereas separatists inform on their achievements in encircling Ukrainian troops.

  Sanctions to Russia – slow lightening strike

Viktor Denisenko
2014 10 27

When Western world cautiously responded to Crimea’s annexation with the first wave of sanctions, Moscow laughed. Later it imposed responsive sanctions and started reorienting the economy toward China.  




  Why Putin is (not) Hitler and other uncomfortable analogies

Viktor Denisenko
2014 10 22

Among the analogies which are often treated as „uncomfortable“ is the comparison of Russian President Vladimir Putin with Adolf Hitler, the leader of Nazi Germany. 

Some people say that it is a good analogy. This is reflected not only in the vocabulary of Russian opposition which calls Putin „Putler“. Some time ago active youth movement „Nashi“ was named „Putinjugend“. Ironically, Putin is more often compared with Hitler than with Stalin who defeated Hitler. Besides, when Putin came into power, people started to more fearlessly rehabilitate Stalin who in the Russian textbooks got rid of the image of a ruthless dictator and became an „effective manager“.

  Propaganda and deformed Russian society

Viktor Denisenko
2014 10 01

Some time ago Ukrainian scientist G.Pocheptsov described information war as a „struggle for human mind“. Today we can see that Russia is the most progressive among the countries seriously considering the opportunities of an information war. Russia has already won one information war - a civil war directed against own society.

  What war is Russia involved in?

Viktor Denisenko
2014 04 24

Russia is fighting against Ukraine, yet it is quite difficult to qualify this war. Although the countries are on the verge of a real war, the conflict has not yet reached the stage of a hot war. We must not also ignore another – propaganda – war which could be evaluated both, as preparation for actual war actions and as one of the forms of aggression.

  Smart defence or optimisation of security according to NATO

Viktor Denisenko
2013 01 07

The concept of smart defence is quite new although its principles have been discussed for several years. Today smart defence could be considered as one of the main NATO‘s philosophies which will be pursued by the Alliance at least during the recent decade.

  Afghanistan and stability in Central Asia

Vadim Volovoj, Doctor in Political Sciences
2012 11 05

According to a U.S. expert on Central Asia (CA) Martha Brill Olcott, withdrawal of the U.S. forces from Afghanistan might destabilize situation in CA countries. „Compared to the last decade of 20th century, Central Asian states have reinforced their troops but danger is still there“. In this context it would be interesting to know who could take care of CA states if they are not able to do that independently.

  Conflict for the islands and its implications

Viktor Denisenko
2012 10 22

Tensions between China and Japan, the second and third largest economies, have been mounting over claims to a set of islands in the East China Sea. Taiwan also claims the questionable Senkaku/Diaoyu islands.

  What is behind the film “The Lost Day”?

Aivaras Bagdonas, VU TSPMI doktorantas
2012 10 08

At the beginning of August, on the eve of the fourth anniversary of the Russian-Georgian war, in the documentary film “The Lost Day” posted on the Internet, several retired top Russian generals accused the then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev of failing to act decisively in “responding against Georgia’s aggression with respect to citizens of South Ossetia in 2008”.

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Ukraine has filed a lawsuit against Russia in the International Court of Justice for terrorism and racism (41)

2017 01 19

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine filed a lawsuit in the UN International Court of Justice against Russia within the framework of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, says the site of the Foreign Minister. This is done on the instructions of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, issued on 16 January.

National Armed Forces (NAF) of Latvia will deploy additional military units in three cities (67)

2017 01 18

For effective complex defence of Latvia, the establishment of a permanent division of the National Armed Forces has started in Latgale, reported the official website of the Ministry of Defence.


In Lithuania the amount of 110 thousand Euros was collected at a concert in support of the ATO fighters and residents of Donbass (23)

2017 01 17

On 13 January a concert "Together to the victory" was held in Lithuania, where the audience decided to support Ukraine's defence and donated 110 thousand Euros.


Belarus has established a visa-free regime for citizens of 80 countries (2)

2017 01 10

Alexander Lukashenko on 9 January signed a decree № 8 "On the establishment of visa-free entry and exit of foreign nationals." The document establishes visa-free entry to Belarus for a period not exceeding 5 days at the entrance through the checkpoint "National Airport Minsk" for citizens of 80 countries, - reported the press service of the President of Belarus.

The European Parliament approved the recall of visas for citizens of Ukraine and Georgia (3)

2016 12 19


The European Parliament approved the granting of a visa-free regime for short-term trips to the citizens of Ukraine and Georgia, RIA Novosti reported.


The US House of Representatives approved actions against the influence of Russia

2016 12 08

The US House of Representatives approved a bill on establishing an inter-departmental body, the purpose of which would be to resist Russian attempts of "influencing the people and the governments" of other countries, - reported the Associated Press.

Alexander Parkhomenko. The pro-Russian (not already) President of Moldova, who was seated by the Russian Federation, stated about the way towards the EU

2016 12 02

"I back up": networks got surprised with the unexpected statement of the pro-Russian President Dodon about the EU.

The newly elected president of Moldova Igor Dodon, known for his pro-Russian views, stated that his country is not going to refuse from the cooperation with the European Union.


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